Completing the Federal Trademark Application

The federal trademark application will require you to provide the following information in order to submit your federal trademark application for consideration.

  1. The first thing you will need to do is list the owner of the mark. The owner can be an individual or a business. During the legal consultation we have with our clients, we analyze their financial situation to make this decision.
  2. Next, you will need to provide the USPTO with the primary contact for the application. The information is public record. Most of our clients choose to have our law firm listed to protect their privacy. This also helps our clients avoid having examining attorneys call them personally. 
  3.  Also, you will have the choice to register your mark as a standard character drawing or as a special form drawing. Usually, if you are protecting the name of your nonprofit, you would use a standard character drawing.
  4. When applying, you will have the choice of stating that you are currently using the mark or that you plan on using it in the future. 
  5. You will need  to show that you were using your mark (or plan to use it, depending on the filing basis that you choose) with actual goods or services in commerce.
  6. You will also need to include a specimen with your application. The specimen shows the mark attached to actual goods if you are applying to own a mark in an international class for apparel.

Completing the federal trademark application doesn’t have to be difficult. It may seem as if there are a lot of steps to this process, but we can help. Hiring an experienced attorney who specializes in nonprofit law can make your journey easier. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for your free consultation. We are here for you. It shouldn’t be this hard to be a superhero.


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